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US Operations – Resources Program and Funding Opportunities for US Affiliates. TN SSO Conference - July 2013 Presented by: Donna Golden, Director Govt. Grants & Lending Resources. US Operations Department. People you need to know!. . Affiliate in Good Standing. Where To Start.

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us operations resources program and funding opportunities for us affiliates

US Operations – ResourcesProgram and Funding Opportunities for US Affiliates

TN SSO Conference - July 2013

Presented by:

Donna Golden, Director Govt. Grants & Lending Resources

where to start
Where To Start
  • Affiliate Support Center – 1-877-HFHI-HELP
    • First point of contact for all your needs
cars for homes
Cars for Homes
  • Cars for Homes™ is Habitat’s national car donation program
    • Generates mission awareness, attracts new donors, and raises funds from the sale of donated cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles
    • CFH has distributed more than $15 M to over 1,100 affiliates in all 50 states and DC and National Offices in Africa, Europe & Latin America
  • Available to all U.S. Affiliates
    • Honors each affiliate’s service area – proceeds from vehicles donated within a particular service area are distributed to that local affiliate
    • Affiliates can maximize program benefits by marketing Cars for Homes™ on their websites, in newsletters, and through local outlets
    • Cars for Homes™ offers a complete portfolio of easy-to-use marketing resources and proven methods for affiliates to market the program
  • No application process – simply contact Cars for Homes™ for materials and tips for “driving” car donations
    • Contact: Marcia Rundle, Director -
capacity building grant
Capacity Building Grant

The HFHI Capacity Building Grant program is funded through Section 4. HFHI then sub-grants these funds to affiliates through a competitive application process. These grants are focused on building an affiliate’s organizational capacity. Typically these grants fund new, high-impact staff positions. Requires development of a 3-year affiliate work plan and minimum 15% growth in house production.

  • Reimburses salary of a new full time position, 3 year diminishing grant - $47,500; $33,250; $14,250
  • Can only fund the following first time positions;

Executive Director, NRI Coordinator, Faith Relations Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

Community Outreach Manager, Family Services Director, Restore Manager

  • Minimum Increase of 15% or 1 house per year
  • 5 to 1 match in funding
  • 10 to 1 leverage
  • Job description, work plan and a fund development plan
  • Annual audits

For more information

  • Email -

The Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) is a federal grant received from HUD through a competitive application process. HFHI sub-grants the SHOP funds received to US affiliates.

  • Since 1996, SHOP awards total more than $196 million
  • The 2012 SHOP grant totaled $6.6 million
  • Completed 15,000 units with more than 600 affiliate participants

How It Works

  • Complete survey to receive application.
  • Competitive application process.
  • Affiliate grants, 75% grant; 25% loan repaid to HFHI. Grant term is 3 years
  • Max. of $15,000 per unit,
  • Uses of SHOP funds: land acquisition and/or infrastructure development (utility hook-ups; wells & waste disposal systems; fees; etc.)
  • Compliance with Federal and program requirements
  • More info My.Habitat

Flexible Capital Access Program – (FlexCAP) is a mortgage-leveraging loan program .

FlexCAP funds are typically used for land acquisition, infrastructure development, and construction project funding, among other uses.

  • Affiliates can choose either a 7 or 10 year loan.
  • Low rates currently (3.65- 3.95 %) on 7yr and (4.40-4.65) on 10 yr.
  • Repayment is completely covered by the principal payments received from pledged mortgages.
  • During the last 4.5 years affiliates took advantage of more than $72.6 million worth of FlexCAP loans.
  • Next round of applications available in August, closing in December

For More Information On FlexCAP

Contact Jason DeHaven

softwood lumber
Softwood Lumber
  • Softwood Lumber Grant is a program which reimburses affiliates for all qualified softwood lumber purchases.
    • $100M awarded to the program though a settlement between the US and Canadian governments, more than 1000 affiliates currently enrolled.
    • Over 18,000 properties funded, over $90 million transferred
    • Funding for timber-reliant and non-timber reliant areas are expected to run out in Q1 FY14
    • Funding is still readily available for affiliates seeking lumber reimbursement in the category of Disaster Response
    • Families whose previous residence was severely damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster may be eligible for Disaster Response funding
  • Available to all U.S. Affiliates
    • To participate, affiliates must sign the SL Agreement, on My.Habitat
    • Affiliates submit receipts for qualified lumber purchases and are reimbursed for 50% of those costs (Avg. reimbursement - $ 5,500 per house) For DR properties, affiliates are reimbursed for 100% of those qualified lumber costs
  • For more information, contact the Softwood Lumber Dept.
    • Contact: Aaron Shivers, Manager -
thrivent builds with hfh
Thrivent Builds with HFH

Thrivent Builds is a long-term partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, focused on involving local Thrivent members and supporters in affiliate volunteer opportunities.

Thrivent Builds with HFH offers three programs:

  • Thrivent Builds Homes (invitation only).
  • Thrivent Builds Repairs (invitation only).
  • Thrivent Builds Worldwide.

How it works: Local relationships between affiliates and Thrivent Financial representatives can develop in to a transformational partnership that includes grant and volunteer activities.

For additional information: www.thriventbuilds.comor


Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

  • Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative affiliates serve more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
  • As of June 2013, 220 affiliates are participating in NRI. The numbers increase daily.

How It Works

  • Interested affiliates contact to work with a field staff member to learn more about the program and determine if they are interested. If yes, the affiliate signs a pledge with HFHI.
  • Participating affiliates receive:
  • Support from a field staff person, access to a network of other participating affiliates, priority access to NRI-earmarked funds raised, subsidized rate for outcome evaluation system.

For more information on NRI:


Bank of America REO Program

    • In partnership with Bank of America, Habitat will make available to affiliates up to 2,000 properties. Affiliates must enroll in the program through the Support Center. The Habitat BOA team will reach out to affiliates if they receive properties in your service area and you are enrolled.
  • To qualify affiliates must:
  • Have served at least 4 families in the past 12 months.
  • Be in Good Standing.
  • Have completed at least one rehab in the past.
  • Pay the 8% program fee plus closing costs; taxes prorated for the year, per property.
    • Additional information can be found on my.habitat at
    • Or for more information contact the Affiliate Support Center at:

Telephone: 877-HFHI-HELP (877-434-4435)E-mail:

women build
Women Build

Women Build empowers women by building Habitat homes and communities through local affiliates.

    • Since 1998, over 2100 Women Build homes have been built in the U.S
    • National Women Build Week (NWBW) is held each year the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Lowe’s has provided more that $1.5 million in grants
    • WB program supports international programs; current projects are in Armenia, Romania and South Africa.
  • Resources available to all U.S. Affiliates
    • Promotional merchandise (t-shirts, hats, nail aprons,etc.) for its Women Build teams
    • Free training clinics for Women Build teams through local Lowe’s stores (available through the Women Build Dept.)
    • Women Build Dept. can also provide leadership training, media and other support to ensure a successful Women Build event at your affiliate

Contact: Lisa Marie Nickerson Assoc. Director

national service
National Service
  • AmeriCorps National & VISTA
    • Places AmeriCorps National & VISTA members at affiliates, state support organization, or HFHI helping to build capacity and realize our goals to serve more families.
    • AmeriCorps National and VISTA members serve a 10-12 month term
    • Members cannot serve in administrative positions or previously displaced staff
    • Affiliates must pay a participation fee of approximately $11,000 per member and provide training & supervision
    • Application for 2014-15 members will released in the December 2013/January 2014 through My.Habitat.
  • For more information on AmeriCorps National
    • Contact: Peter Rumsey

Collegiate Challenge

Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program where groups of five or more participants, ages 16-25, visit one of Habitat for Humanity’s affiliates within the US for a week long build.

  • Last year over 12,000 volunteers participated in Collegiate Challenge trips to 200 affiliate locations across the United States.

How It Works

  • Interested affiliates contact HFHI and register to host Collegiate Challenge teams.
  • Interested groups contact HFHI to register and select the dates on location to participate on a trip.

For more information on Collegiate Challenge

  • Contact colchal@habitat.orgor call 1-800-422-4828 ext. 2215 to learn more.

Campus Chapters

Campus Chapters are student-led, student initiated organizations on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to fulfill four functions of building, fundraising, advocating and educating.

  • There are currently 482 chapters chartered through HFHI and partnering with local Habitat affiliates.

How It Works

  • Interested High School or college students should contact Habitat for Humanity International to learn more about the requirements to become chartered.
  • Campus Chapter grants and awards
  • HFHI offers grants and awards to qualified campus chapters.

For more information on campus chapters

  • Contact or call 1-800-422-4828ext. 2412 to learn more.

Youth United

Youth United is a youth-led volunteer program that mobilizes youth ages 5-25 in Habitat’s mission. Habitat for Humanity affiliates engage community youth through Youth United with education, advocacy, fundraising and building. Youth United creates a sustainable volunteer base through development of youth leaders who are advocates of decent, affordable housing.

How It Works

  • Affiliates work in the community to put together a youth steering committee to lead the Youth United.
  • Complete the yearly requirements to participate in the program.
  • Youth United grants and awards
  • HFHI offers grants and awards to qualified Youth United groups.

For more information on Youth United

  • Contact youthunited@habitat.orgor call 1-800-422-4828ext. 2412 to learn more.
gifts in kind construction
Gifts in Kind –Construction

National Partners have agreements with Habitat for Humanity International to offer free home construction products to affiliates

  • Things to Remember
    • Important product updates are posted on the News Blog
    • Unless otherwise noted, please do not contact any partner to inquire about your order or their products
    • Automated GIK – construction Online Ordering system is fully operational and constantly updated
    • go to My Habitat _
    • Hoover over “Knowledge Center”
    • Click on Gifts in Kind online construction catalog
      • _
    • For more information contact: Mandy Fussell: or Brandi Meeks:
supplemental restore merchandise srm
Supplemental ReStore Merchandise (SRM)
  • HFHI’s Supplemental ReStore Merchandise (SRM) is acquired through HFHI by working with large National Corporations to procure goods and services that can be sold or used by ReStores .
  • These goods are usually, Discontinued Products, Aging Inventory, Items Returned to Vendor, Scratched and Dented items etc…
  • Discounted Services that can be utilized by ReStores such as;
    • Discounted Dumpster Fees
    • Truck Rental Services
    • Etc…
  • If you have further questions, please contact HFHI’s ReStore GIK staff at
restore support

There are currently over 801 ReStores operating in the United States. The ReStore Support Group provides training and consulting to increase the sales and profits of these stores:

  • ReStore University 101 self guided workbook on My Habitat
  • ReStore University 201 ReStore Fundamentals, a 5 day intensive program to teach the basics to have a successful store
  • State and Regional training opportunities
  • Individual on site consultations
    • For more information go to My Habitat or contact us at

ReStore Support

construction technologies

In 2012, Habitat affiliates implemented over 7000 construction solutions. The Construction Technologies team provides training and consulting to improve and increase the ability of affiliates to serve more families:

  • Operations Manuals and Guides on My Habitat for
    • Construction
    • Critical Home Repair
    • Weatherization
    • A Brush With Kindness
    • Home Rehabilitation
  • State and Regional training opportunities
  • Individual on site consultations
    • For more information go to My Habitat or contact us at

Construction Technologies

home builder s blitz

Home Builder’s Blitz is a concentrated effort to engage professional builders in partnership with Habitat affiliates. Since its inception, more than 1000 homes have been completed.

  • Recruitment assistance from project team
  • Project Manuals and resources on MyHabitat
  • State and Regional training opportunities
    • Peer learnings
    • National conference calls
  • Individual on site consultations
  • Cash incentive for early registration
    • For more information go to My Habitat or contact us at

Home Builder’s Blitz


Habitat’s Safety team is here to help guild our affiliates towards successful safety outcomes. Working together we can save lives & prevent injuries to all.

  • Manuals and Guides on My Habitat for
    • Fall Protection
    • Scaffolding
    • HFH Safety & Health Policy Template
    • Construction Safety Manual (upcoming)
  • State and Regional training opportunities
    • Competent Person training
    • OSHA 10 and 30
    • Lockton Affinity
  • Individual on site consultations
    • For more information go to My Habitat or contact us at


cost share consultancies
Cost Share Consultancies

Designed to help affiliates increase the number of families they serve, increase their operational capacity, receive suggestions from subject matter experts in the Habitat family or accomplish a specific goal for which they need assistance. The affiliate will share in the costs of a consultant or subject matter expert.

The consultancy starts with a discovery call to the affiliate by the consultant. After wants and needs are determined, the affiliate will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Engagement Service Plan (ESP) that the consultant has prepared to determine the scope and steps necessary to reach the goals set by the affiliate. There will be a mid-way check in to measure progress and then a final report and evaluation survey

Contact Barb Daugherty 1-800-habitat, ext. 4101 or

affiliates of distinction recognition program
Affiliates of DistinctionRecognition Program

What is Affiliates of Distinction

A recognition program that identifies a core group of affiliates that represent a broad spectrum of our affiliate network that are the “best of the best.” This program gives HFHI a systematic way for affiliates to share and replicate their great work with each other.

What the Affiliates of Distinction Program is NOT

The Affiliates of Distinction Program is NOT a reward program for only the top producing, highest capacity affiliate. There are five divisions based on Affiliate size, so that liked sized affiliates will be compared to each other.


2015-2017 AOD applications will be open in early 2014


  • Unique classification and highlighted as leaders amongst peers
  • Share & replicate their great work
  • Demonstrate to stakeholders an affiliates commitment to excellence
  • Positive media attention and enhanced public relations opportunities

What do affiliates receive from HFHI?

  • Recognition at National Conferences
  • Program highlighted and other media outlets on My.Habitat
  • Press releases & templates--customized and published locally
  • Use of AOD logo—websites, newsletters, correspondence, marketing tools
  • Opportunity to apply for specialized HFHI grant and funding.

For Resources and Updates on the upcoming Application cycle contact: